Thursday, November 14

Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child

Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child Maria T. Lennon #review
I received a complimentary copy of Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child for the purpose of this review.
Charlie is a young girl facing modern challenges in her middle school experience while also being sandwiched between an overachieving big sister and an adorable little brother.  Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child is a humorous look at navigating the struggles of fitting-in, peer bullying and choosing between right and wrong.  The book follows Charlie as she learns from her insecurities, challenges herself to choose to do right even when it's not what she wants to do, and how she grows and matures in light of her choices.

Maria T. Lennon captures the essence of the middle school years with this book that openly and honestly explores bullying, peer pressure, social struggles and self-centeredness, while encouraging positive virtues like compassion, standing for what is right and self confidence.  Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child also provides a look into the typical struggles of being a middle child, often with charming and hysterical accuracy.  Anyone who reads this book will enjoy very much following Charlie's journey especially with her conflicted inner dialogue and wit.
Back Cover Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child #Review
I have to say, as a middle child myself, I felt as though I was reliving some of my tough middle school experiences as I followed Charlie's journey.  I especially identified with the struggle of finding where I fit in, and the battle between wanting to adapt myself to fit in versus being my true self.  Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and found myself unable to put down the book towards the climactic ending.  I think this book will be well received and appropriate for mature tweens.

Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child is listed as part of Harper Collins Publishers Stop Bullying, Start Reading campaign, which offers an extensive list of books that address bullying in meaningful and relatable contexts.  I would definitely agree that this book does not only address bullying head on but also helps former bullies to tap into their compassionate side by developing a sensitivity for those who are bullied.
The author, Maria T. Lennon, is a novelist, screenwriter and mother of four.  She was a third place finalist in Francis Ford Coppola's screenwriting competition.  She is also the author of the novel Making It Up As I Go Along.  You can connect with Maria on Facebook and Twitter.

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